Regulations, Frameworks, Project Financing and Upcoming RE Technologies

Event Overview

In recent years, renewable energy has moved into developmental agenda in Kuwait, as there is a need for diversification of energy resources, climate change concerns and greater public awareness. Green energy development in Kuwait is strengthened by widespread availability of solar and wind resources and tumbling costs of alternative energy systems. The country has one of the world’s highest per capita consumption of energy which is growing with each passing year. Kuwait has a new renewable energy program under Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) and Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects (KAPP), with the aim to generate 2GW renewable energy by 2030 which brings increasing potential in renewable energy sector and also various challenges to overcome.

Kuwait Sustainable Energy and Technology Summit, scheduled to be held on 3 - 4 April 2018, in Kuwait aims to bring together various stakeholders like ministries, research institutions and industry specialists to focus on sharing the current market trends, technological advancements and future challenges in renewable energy and sustainable development.

Keynote Speaker

His Excellency Bakheet S. Al-Rashidi

Minister of Oil and Minister of Electricity & Water
State of Kuwait

His Excellency Bakheet S. Al-Rashidi, currently Minister of Oil and Minister of Electricity & Water has more than 30 years’ experience in global refining and petrochemicals. He is Board Member of Kuwait Oil Company (KOC), the upstream arm of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC), 2011-2012 and the Chairman & Managing Director of Kuwait Aromatics (KARO), a local joint venture, 2009-2012. He was Deputy Chairman Executive Officer of the Board and Deputy Managing Director for Strategic Planning and Local Marketing during 2012-2013.He is currently Chief Executive Officer of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation Holdings-Aruba and President of Kuwait Petroleum International, since May 2013-December 2017. He has headed several of Kuwait’s oil sector local and international major projects, namely the Nghi Son Refinery and Petrochemicals Project in Vietnam and the proposed expansion of KPI refining capacity in Oman. He also played an instrumental role in recently established Gulf Downstream Association (GDA), a non-profit organization fostering cooperation between companies in refining and other aspects of the downstream oil sector.

Advisory Panel

Eng. Suhaila Marafi

Director, Studies, Research and Planning
Ministry of Electricity & Water, Kuwait

Dr. Osamah Alsayegh

Executive Director, Energy and Building Research Center
Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Kuwait

Dr. Ahmed Badr

Executive Director
Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), Egypt

Key Speakers

Dr. Osamah Alsayegh

Executive Director, Energy and Building Research Center
Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Kuwait

Dr. Jens Ejbye Schmidt

Head, Institute Center for Energy (iEnergy) and Professor, Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, UAE

Dr. Salem Al-Hajraf

Deputy Director General
Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science, Kuwait

Eng. Basem Musallam

Specialist Engineer, Design & Supervision Department-Technical Services & Main Workshops Sector
Ministry of Electricity and Water, Kuwait

Dr. Ahmed Badr

Executive Director
Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), Egypt

Eng. Mohamed Al-Shaikh

Chief Network Officer
GCC Interconnection Authority, KSA

Prof. Steve Halls

Senior Environmental Expert
Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs, Oman

Mr. Mohammad Abdalla Bin Ali

Director, Department of Excellence
Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority, Sharjah

Mr. Faisal Rashid

Director, Demand Side Management
Supreme Council of Energy, UAE

Mr. Frank Wouters

EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network

Dr. Hussain Shibli

Director General, The National Renewable Energy Data Center
King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy K●A●CARE, KSA

Ms Upma Koul

Sales Director, Energy Solutions
Wärtsilä Energy Solutions, Middle East and Asia

Mr. Hans-Alexander Öst

Manager, Business Development, Energy Storage and Integration
Wärtsilä Energy Solutions

Aymen Ben Hassine

Area Manager, France and Middle East & North Africa

Dr. Nessreen Mohamed Rady

Director, New and Renewable Energy Department
Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC), Egypt

Dr. Toufic Hawat

Chief Technology Advisor, Middle East and Africa
Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., UAE

Mr. Mauro Rivola

Deputy Managing Director & Sales Director
Ingeteam, Italy

Dr. Juergen Braunstein

Co-director, Geopolitics of Renewable Energy Project Belfer Center
Harvard Kennedy School, USA

Capt. Musaed Salman

Team Leader, Environment
Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC)

Mohammad S. AL-Ghamdi

Renewables Lab Manager
GCC Electrical Testing LAB Company

Paddy Padmanathan

President & CEO
ACWA Power